This year has been very fruitful with many achievements and successes. Student enrolments for 2017 have been steady with 225 students in Kindy–Year 6 and 17 Three-Year-Old students. 2018 will see many new families joining our community. Catholic enrolments for 2018 remain above 90%. It is interesting to note that feedback from each new family I interview focuses on the positive feeling within the community. It is not only regarding the conduct of our students but also the great educational program we offer. I believe that through our diverse program we endeavour for each child to achieve their academic potential while ensuring that we place high priority on developing their spiritual, social and emotional well-being.
At Our Lady of Good Counsel School, we provide an excellent educational experience based on the Gospel values which are integrated into all aspects of the school life. We aim to promote spiritual and personal development focused on the formation of the whole person inspired by Jesus’ teachings. We don’t just teach Religious Education but seek to develop every child’s connection to Christ through lessons, prayer, experiences and acts of service; we aim for children to have the opportunity to live a Christ centred life.
The 2017 Strategic Plan was implemented through our Annual School Improvement Plan which focused on:
Learning is what we do. We are committed to learning at every level.
21st Century Learning & Technologies curriculum through cluster Professional Development
Consistently review Quality Improvement Plan in order to comply with National Quality Standards.
Teaching/learning programs that engage Making Thinking Visible strategies.
Implementation Levelled Literacy Intervention to support literacy development.
Implementation of a K-2 approach to the teaching of phonics/spelling.
Development of a staff handbook with clear guides and expectations.
Engagement is essential. We are committed to Catholic Education’s Mission through relationships with all.
Implement current communication tools such as a school Facebook and mobile friendly web page.
Create a consistent school approach to communicating with parents e.g Edublogs.
Parish Priests and parishioners are invited to school events.
Implement a pastoral care program for the school and parish community.
Including a school news insert in the Parish Bulletin.
Accountability is not optional. We have both personal and collective responsibilities for our system’s success.
In consultation with school board and school architect develop a Capital Development Master Plan.
Invest time in analysis of data, use data to drive instruction and to assist forward planning.
Discipleship is our calling. We are committed to deepening our relationship with Jesus.
Developed a sense of ownership among students with their Class Evangelisation Projects.
Staff familiarised themselves with the Making Jesus Real(MJR) program.
Educated students and community about School Evangelisation Projects.
Increase exposure and promotion of Meals by Mums.
Teachers have fully implemented and reported on the West Australian Curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education. Staff have begun to implement Technologies and The Arts which will be fully implemented in 2018. This year’s overall NAPLAN results were outstanding. Our data highlights the excellent growth our students have had across all assessed learning areas. The staff have done an excellent job of producing high quality teaching and learning experiences for all of our children. The results are a wonderful reflection teaching staff we have and their dedication to the students in our school. NAPLAN data has confirmed that we are addressing student needs and has highlighted the continued need to work on the area of grammar and punctuation.
The P&F have had an exceptional year focusing on building community. Events have included the Picnic on The Green, Mothers’ and Fathers’ day stalls, Interschool Sports breakfasts, Friday ice-creams, assembly coffee mornings, discos and our upcoming Christmas extravaganza. A thank you to the P&F Executive and Committee members. A special thanks to Mandy Chapman for her great leadership as P&F president. Mandy has done an outstanding job building a strong community focus. Also thank you to Amanda Tuite who is stepping down as a committee member after six years. This year we had the introduction of the ADHOC Fathering group who aim to equip fathers and father figures with opportunities to engage positively with their kids. The group have run a variety of events including ‘New Dads Lawn Bowls’, ‘Lake Leschenaultia Day Out’, ‘WAFL Day at the Footy’, ‘Mothers Day flowers’, ‘Family Movie Night’ , ‘Fathers day School Drop Off’ and the ‘Bunbury Camping Trip’. A special thank you to the many parents who volunteer in classes and assist with the many events and programs throughout the school.
I thank and acknowledge the School Board for their ongoing diligence in the management of our school. It is through the support of the board that we are able to maintain the financial stability of our school while ensuring we continually seek to improve facilities and create excellent learning environments for all students. Over the course of 2017, we have continued to make improvements to the buildings and grounds. These have included the Year 3 & 4 classroom refurbishment, new air conditioning in Year 1 and the Activity Room, an enclosed storage area added to breezeway, works on the oval, exterior painting of school buildings, the alarm system was upgraded, switched over to IP telephony & had the court resurfaced. Next year we will commence our Capital Development Plan. The scope of works includes extending the Kindergarten/3 year old room, adding extra internal and external storage areas, gutting the existing toilets, adding extra toilets, adding a staff toilet, extending the Kindergarten/PP play area, creating a nature play area for the entire school, re-fencing the perimeter of the school and adding a timed locking system.
I would especially like to thank Fr Nicholas, Fr Joe and Deacon Greg for their leadership and guidance. Over the year we have closely worked with the Parish Priests, Parish Sacramental Coordinators and St Dominic’s school leadership team in order to create a parish based sacramental program. The introduction of the students and parent Sacramental workshops were well received giving students and parents special time to talk about their faith. It has also been wonderful to have the continued support of the parish community with many members volunteering to assist with our before school reading programs as well as attending events held.
This year we have had a few changes with staff. Julie Goode joined our staff and settled in very quickly becoming a great asset to our school. Alison Elsegood took Long Service Leave during Semester One and Sue Kinsella and Katheryn Climo worked in this role whilst Alison was away . Early in the year Louise Bonciani completed her teaching degree and took up a teaching position at another school. Jo-Anne Deib was a welcome appointment to the position and has done a wonderful job working tirelessly with students and staff. At the end of Term One Natalie Cooper went on maternity leave and had a beautiful baby girl. Nicole Nuttall joined or staff and I would like to thank Nicole for all her efforts and wonderful work she has completed with our Year 5 students and wish her all the best at Mater Christi. 2018 will see a few changes in staffing, firstly, Julia Waller has taken up a position at Loretto. I thank Julia for wonderful contributions she has made to the school as music teacher and G&T teacher. Jasmin Kenworthy will be taking over the Enrichment program in 2018. Matthew Ferrinda has taken a position as Digital Technologies Teacher Leader at St Helena’s. I would like to thank Matthew for his great work and dedication, he has been a wonderful asset to our school and will be sorely missed. Amanda Cochrane, who is currently IT Coordinator at St Gerard’s, will be replacing Matthew as IT leader and Year 3 classroom Teacher. Tim Carter will be moving to Year 4 and Mark Fitzpatrick will be returning to teach Year 5. Bethan Lilford will be the Year 6 teacher. All other staff will remain in their current positions.
We are extremely blessed to have such dedicated staff. I thank each and every one of them for their commitment, passion and professionalism. We are so fortunate to have outstanding individuals who give so much towards the development of all our precious students. I would like to especially mention Alison, Jenny and Shannon for their assistance in the office, always ensuring that things run smoothly. Thank you particularly to our Assistant Principal Jasmin Kenworthy who is dedicated, passionate and always inspires others be the best person they can be.
Please also find attached the 2018 Board Chair, Board Treasurer and P&F President reports.
This Advent, “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.” (1Jn 3:18). Why not make this line from Holy Scripture a reality by joining us on Thursday 14 December, 7pm at The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle for a captivating and beautiful evening of sacred music, readings and congregational carols to highlight the true meaning of the Christmas Gospel in our world today. Emeritus Bishop Justin Bianchini will be giving the reflection. Music from Eva-Marie Middleton (soprano), Paul Wright (violin), Dominic Perissinotto (organ) and The Basilica Choir. Proceeds will go to Catholic Mission’s work in support of maternal and child health in Uganda. Tickets $30, Concessions $20, 12 year olds and under are free. Add another ticket to your booking for just $10 and we will give that ticket to a homeless or refugee person so they too can share in the beauty of Christmas with us and enjoy a nice supper beforehand. On-line bookings at www.trybooking.com/SWMO or pay at the door.
Thank you to one and all for your goodness and kindness this year. We could not do our job without your support. I wish you all a very happy, safe and blessed Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year. To those families leaving the school I wish you every possible happiness and blessing.
I am delighted to announce that we have had news that the following children from their respective schools were awarded DUX for their year level. We are so very proud of their achievements. If you know of any other previous students who were awarded please let me know.
Alexandra Mennie - was awarded DUX - Year Seven
Elizabeth Martin - was awarded runner up DUX - Year Eight
The school will be disposing and recycling redundant IT equipment, this includes, switches, monitors, cables, peripheral devices, etc. If you would like any of this equipment please help yourselves, a table will be setup in the hall.
Any remaining equipment will be recycled.
If you have any questions please contact Matthew Ferrinda.
We would like to thank all of our students who have participated in the CommBank School Banking program this year.
Today was our final School Banking day for 2017. There will be no School Bankig next week.
All tokens/rewards that have not been redeemed this year can be used in 2018.
Congratulations to Casey Chapman, Year 3 who was the recipient of the $20 voucher. Well done to all these students who collected a Commonwealth Bank school banking prize; Charlee Thornett, Imogen Garbellini, Ally Bowman, Ethan Lee, Chloe Mammoliti, Joshua Lee, Dale Appelbee, Abigail Fowler, Jayden Phillips, Hayden Seaman, Isabella Logan, Aaron Dines, Harry Lee, Joshua Mammoliti, Archer Whittaker, Joel Appelbee, Ryan Moore, Ted Lennox, Zach Hughes, Jamie Teahan, Harrison Logan and Toby Hughes, well done!
Thank you to all of the banking families for your ongoing support, teaching you child about money and saving.
Well done to our 60 active school banking students, so far we have raised $355.13, for our school through School Banking, from Terms 1-3 - 5% commission on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).
(Term 4 commission will come out at the end of the year 31st Dec 2017).
We also opened 14 new accounts during 2017, and each time a new account is opened our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit.
Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot!
We say goodbye to one of our parent helpers Scott Miller and thank him for donating his time during the year to assist with the school banking program. Also to our Year 6 children who will be embarking on their high school journey and wish you all the best; Charlee Thornett, Imogen Garbellini, Emily DiTrento, Kate Miller, Jayden Luca, Hannah O’Hara, William Rix, Jacinta and Luke Cooley. Thank you for your support during your time at OLGC.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and have a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2018. Keep up the great work and remember to bring in your School Banking deposit next year when we resume in 2018.
Sharon Seaman, Zana Appelbee, Mel Fowler and Scott Miller – School Banking Team 2017
THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER – Pasta orders to be collected from Canteen
FRIDAY 8th DECEEMBER – Ice Cream Friday
P&F Committee members have spent many hours of their own time coordinating and running events. This includes liaising with class reps, parents, our very supportive teaching staff and administrators at OLGC. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered/donated and assisted throughout the year including the 2017 Committee:
President – Mandy Chapman
Vice President – Carla Rodi
Secretary – Josephine Germano
Treasurer – Sumi Naughton
Committee Member – Amanda Tuite
Committee Member – Sharyn Bowman
Committee Member – Nikoli Hutchinson
Committee Member – Sharon Seaman
Committee Member – Claire Berryman
Committee Member – Kylie Logan
Committee Member – Rita Maio
Committee Member – Joe Morabito
Committee Member – Glenn Hunter (ADHOC)
I, Mandy Chapman have decided that 2017 will be my final year as the P& F President. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Committee and I am extremely grateful for everyone’s support and contribution over the years. With two children remaining at OLGC, I look forward to remaining an active member of the school community.
Also after several years of service (6!), Amanda Tuite will also be retiring from the Committee this year. I would like to thank her for her valuable contribution over the years, it has been really appreciated!
If you are considering joining the P&F or would like to come to any of the meetings you are very welcome, it is a great way to meet new people and contribute to the success and community of our school.
From all everyone at the OLGC P&F we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018!
CLASS REPS 2018
Thank you to those that have put their hand up to be class reps for next year. There are a few year groups yet to be decided so please have a think about volunteering. It really isn’t a big job at all; some social stuff but mostly passing on communication from the P&F. It is a great way to get to know other parents and bring everyone together.
A big thank you to the class reps of 2017:
Kindy – Priscilla Whittaker, Kylie Logan & Nikoli Hutchinson
PP – Tracy Morarty & Amber Hughes
Year 1 – Kendal Kime, Amy Caproni & Peta Gooch
Year 2 – Anita Howard & Helen Canning
Year 3 – Denise Rix & Natasha Ivanac
Year 4 – Zana Applebee, Catherine Geraghty, Margy Reeler
Year 5 – Kath Kaaks & Penny King
Year 6 – Paula Di Trento & Sandy Thornett
Your assistance with P&F communications to the individual year groups has been really appreciated and reflected in the support of all our activities.
The reps so far for 2018 are:
Kindy - TBA
PP – Carissa Price, Jenna Harris & Peta Gooch
Year 1 – Sarah Dines & Jacquie Fletcher
Year 2 – Priscilla Whittaker & Nicole McLean
Year 3, 4 & 5 – TBA
Year 6 – Mandy Chapman, Simone Passera & Gloria Acuna
Thank you for taking on this role and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Thanks for all the orders, delivery will be from the school canteen at pickup on Thursday 7th December.
ICE CREAM FRIDAY
No ice creams this Friday, the final ice cream day will be the last day of term. You can let the kids enjoy the final day of the school year with a treat - Paddle Pops are $1 and Icy Poles 50c.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA – SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER
This Sunday is the afternoon for the families to come together and celebrate another school year. The children have been hard at work practicing their Christmas Carols and look forward to presenting them to you. The flyer and all relevant information are within the newsletter. Catering will be available from Full Bellies with lots of options for you on offer.
Please remember that there is a licenced bar that will be available to purchase drinks and under our liquor license there is to be STRICTLY NO BYO.
Our very best wishes and a fond farewell to Mr Ferrinda, Mrs Nuttall, Mrs Waller, the graduating Year 6 class and all families leaving the school. We hope to see you returning to the Parish. You are forever a part of our community! God bless you and keep you.
A very happy and truly blessed Christmas to everyone.
Sunday 10 December, 6pm-9pm in OLGC school hall. Parishioners wanting to present items please contact Bronwyn, Hellen Corray, Fr’s Joe or Nicholas so these can be put in the program.
St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal.
Many many thanks for supporting our Christmas Hamper Appeal.
Mother and Child “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.” (1Jn 3:18)
To mark the Inaugural World Day of the Poor on 19 November, why not show your support of the poor both abroad & locally. Join us on Thursday 14 December, 7pm at The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle for a beautiful evening of sacred music, readings & congregational carols to highlight the meaning of the Christmas Gospel in our world today. See notice board for details and bookings.
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